(AP/WJLA) - Maryland officials are gathering to push for relocating a new FBI headquarters in the state.
The FBI wants out of its aging and too-small Hoover building on Pennsylvania Avenue, and Maryland’s elected officials want the FBI to know they’ve got the perfect place for its new location.
Top federal, state and local officials are scheduled Monday to promote Prince George's County as the new location at an event at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Rep. Steny Hoyer are scheduled to attend. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin also are scheduled to participate. Rushern Baker, the county executive, is scheduled to attend as well.
With an event that appears to be a cross between a campaign and pep rally of Maryland’s most powerful, politicians are putting up a united front to convince the General Services Administration that Prince George’s County and the massive parking lot at the Greenbelt Metro Station meet all of the stated requirements for acreage, location, and metro access.
The GSA is expected to decide on a new FBI site sometime this year. Virginia officials held a similar event in December to back a location in Springfield, and the competition is fierce.
A consolidated FBI headquarters is estimated to be a $2 billion project, and with 11,000 workers, it will be an economic boon to the winning state. Just ask Karan Singh, who owns a Shell station just a mile away from the proposed Greenbelt site. His eyes light up at the thought of all those people and their cars:
"This is very good for our business. With a lot of gas stations, a lot of people come over here and get their gas."